Crackdown on uninsured drivers

Uninsured drivers will be targeted in a new three-day campaign being launched by police in Scotland.

The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (Acpos) is leading the crackdown which will run until Monday and utilise state-of-the-art technology to track down drivers without van or car insurance.

Offenders will face fines of up to £5,000 in addition to a maximum of six to eight penalty points on their licence.

Police officers have been given the powers to seize uninsured vehicles and even destroy them if needed.

Apcos says it aims to tackle the major road safety risk posed by uninsured drivers who are involved in accidents that claim around 160 lives and cause 23,000 injuries every year.

The estimated loss to the UK economy because of such motorists is around £500 million a year.

Assistant Chief Constable Fiona Taylor of Acpos said: "Uninsured drivers are a danger on our roads. They have no respect for other road users and our experience has shown that they are more likely to be involved in other types of criminal activity."

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